For a politician facing the re-election grind, nothing beats having the President of the United States scuffing the campaign trail at your side. A close second might be if the fictional President of the United States from a Emmy-award wining television show presses palms for the cause. Hell, let's be honest, it might even be more important than the real deal.
Former President Josiah Bartlet – or for all you non-West Wing fans, Martin Sheen – made an appearance today at a food bank outside of Columbus for Senator Sherrod Brown. The for-the-cameras stop was part of a series of events the Hollywood staple is doing for the Democrat, including some cush fundraisers, according to the Dispatch.
At today's event, Sheen – a Dayton native, who knew? — filled up reporters' notebooks with a lot of kind words about Brown.
“He just makes me very proud to be a Buckeye,” Sheen said. “That this voice is coming from where I’m from. It’s because this state has become so conservative and it’s that awful term ‘ battleground state.’ Yeah, it’s a battle for people’s souls, and this effort (the food bank) speaks more about who he is, what he stands for.”
When reporters asked about the senator's Republican challenger, Sheen actually had some polite thoughts, although they definitely lacked the Aaron Sorkin-snap we're accustomed to hear ringing out of Sheen's maw.
“It astonishes me what attracts people to the Republican Party that have something to offer,” Sheen said. “He’s a young guy, he has some experience, education, he seems to care. He’s bought into that wretched system, it’s called success, not service.”